All aspects of Study Abroad programming – the programs themselves, the student participants, and the content of available course work – rely on the success of their interaction in order to provide a sustainable, positive academic and personal experience.
The Study Abroad Office maintains a portfolio of summer, semester, and academic year programs which have been vetted according to international education best practice guidelines, the needs of the University’s undergraduates, and understanding of the specifics of the program environment. This portfolio is reviewed every summer.
All programs in the SAO portfolio must have active affiliate agreements which outline the responsibilities of both the UIC Study Abroad Office and the host institution regarding academics, transcripting, student affairs, and billing. Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office and is distributed directly to the student, who then pays the program host directly.
The academic quality of program curricular and extra-curricular learning opportunities is determined by home-country or US accreditation, breadth and depth of the curriculum available to visiting students, appropriate language instruction, and reputation among peer departments or disciplines. All coursework taken by students abroad must be pre-approved by designated signatories in the student’s UIC college dean’s office, their major department Director of Undergraduate Studies, relevant language faculty, and/or college advisor.
On the operational side, program affiliation is generally based upon personal experience and/or administrative knowledge, the depth and breadth of student support services, and demonstrated safety and risk management policies, protocols, and implementation on site.